Here are some of the top movie stories that came out this past week. Despite this week being a slower week compared to others, there were still some good stuff that were announced or revealed.
Tom Hardy Stars in “Venom” with Ruben Fleischer as Director
Tom Hardy is in final negotiations with Sony to star in “Venom” with Ruben Fleischer, director of “Zombieland”, to direct. Sony is serious about this and wants it to be done as soon as possible with it being set to open Oct. 5, 2018. Sony tried to make a universe set around Spider-Man characters with “The Amazing Spider-Man” films, but wasn’t able to do so. Sony is rebooting the franchise, again, with “Spider-Man: Homecoming”. Even though it is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony has said that they will eventually depart from this and start focusing on it’s “Spider-Verse” with “Venom” being the first to come.
“The Disaster Artist” Gets a Release Date
“The Disaster Artist” was picked up by A24 and set to open on Dec. 8. The book with the same title tells behind-the-scenes stories of the widely popular film, “The Room”, a movie that is known for being so bad it’s good. The release date and movie studio has now made this film earn a chance being talked about in the Oscar race since A24 recently won best picture at the last Oscar show with “Moonlight”. The film features James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Bryan Cranston, Zac Efron, and more.
New Image of Amber Heard as Mera
Justin Lin revealed on his Twitter the first look of Amber Heard as Mera in “Aquaman”. Zack Snyder revealed an image of the same character back in October 2016 for the director’s upcoming film “Justice League”, yet these two costumes seem pretty different. The film will also star Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Ludi Lin, Willem Dafoe, and more. The film will come to theaters December 21, 2018.
First “The Emoji Movie” Trailer is Released
Sony Animations has decided to make a film about emojis. Yep Hollywood is that desperate. The first trailer is now up with already lots of backlash. As of now the trailer has over 34,000 dislikes on YouTube. The movie features T.J. Miller, James Corden, Stephen Wright, Maya Rudolph, and Patrick Stewart. The film hits theaters on July 28.
Jordan Peele Will Not Direct Live-Action Adaptation of “Akira”
While speaking to Blumhouse.com, Peele confirmed he would not direct the live-action adaptation of “Akira”.
“I think (I could do it) if the story justifies it. ‘Akira’ is one of my favorite movies, and I think obviously the story justifies as a big a budget as you can possibly dream of. But the real question for me is: Do I want to do pre-existing material, or do I want to do original content? At the end of the day, I want to do original stuff.”
Other directors are currently being rumored to direct the adaptation. “Life” director Daniel Espinosa and director of “Lights Out”, David Sandberg are in talks right now. Christopher Nolan and Justin Lin have also been rumored to make direct the movie. Development on “Akira” was halted after the commercial and critical bomb of the most recent anime-to-film-adaption, “Ghost in the Shell”.
New “Hellboy” Poster Revealed
“Hellboy” is getting a reboot and the first promotional poster was shown at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film will feature David Harbour, “Stranger Things”, as the titular character and will be directed by Neil Marshall. There’s no release date for the film, but it is rumored that production will start later this year.